Dr David Cooper
National Coordinator ANTaR (Australians for Native Title
Trumping the Race Card - the Role of ANTaR and
the People's Movement in Achieving Justice for Indigenous Australians.
The people's movement for reconciliation represents a stunning
example of the power of communities to proactively confront the
nation's political agenda and to find ways around the road-blocks
set up by a national government hostile to the notion of rights-based
The re-emergence of the 'race card' as a tool in the re-election
armory of the present government threatens to stymie further
progress on reconciliation. But what is the nature of the 'race
card' and what lessons can we draw from the experience of ANTaR
and the people's movement in addressing the Howard Government's
racially discriminatory approaches to native title and reconciliation?
And what new approaches may be necessary over coming years?
David Cooper lived in the Northern Territory for 10 years
and worked in the field of Indigenous heritage protection. He
completed a PhD at ANU addressing issues of Indigenous attachment
to land in the context of racism. He has worked as National Coordinator
for ANTaR for the past 2
30 min. Paper